How did the growth of towns affect both feudalism and manorialism in the Middle Ages?

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The rise of towns tended to weaken both feudalism and manorialism. The inhabitants of towns that became wealthy through trade came to resent being dominated by feudal lords, especially when lords levied taxes on their incomes. Merchants, lawyers, and other towndwellers often refused to acknowledge the feudal bonds that theoretically placed them under the rule of lords, usually turning to monarchs to protect their autonomy through special charters. So the rise of towns weakened lords even as, generally speaking, it strengthened kings. Towns weakened manorialism by supplying serfs and peasants with a way to escape their lot in life. Many went to towns to work as wage laborers, thus depriving manors of crucial labor and creating a more fluid workforce in Europe. 

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The rise of the towns effected the feudalism because the towns began to grow in wealth and people. since the towns were getting larger and larger the lords and barons that ran the town began to fear what the towns would do if they had more power. Royalty began fearing that the ''Rise of the Towns" would be the time that they were overthrown.  thats just my personal opinion. thx


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